Tea is a great alternative to water or coffee year round. Simple to make, hydrating, and calorie-free, tea delivers antioxidants that have been linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease. Drinking tea has also been linked to stabilizing blood sugar levels, which in turn aids brain function and boosts the metabolism. Most tea can be brewed cold, which is convenient for throwing into drink bottles and sipping on the go. Tea is also less acidic than fruit juice, sports drinks, and soda, which increase the risk of tooth decay and heartburn.
A cup of tea contains significantly less caffeine than your average cup of coffee. Tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are considered natural mood stabilizers that promote feelings of contentment and motivation. Taken together, caffeine and L-theanine help enliven and clear the mind, without the risk of a 'coffee crash'.
For cultural appreciation
Tea is an essential element of hospitality in many cultures, and an understanding of tea is part of humankind's collective cultural heritage. When you drink tea, you partake in an activity that has been passed down for thousands of years. In today's world of endless choice, tea remains by far and away the most consumed beverage worldwide.
For your palate
There is a tea out there for you, whether you're into the dark and bold or the light and mineral. Unfortunately, most tea sold in the U.S. is commodity tea, grown quickly and harvested frequently to deliver quantity rather than quality. Specialty tea like the kind sold by Athena Teas, is grown, harvested, and prepared using traditional methods. By picking only the youngest buds and leaves once or twice a year, the amount of tea produced is drastically reduced, but the compounds that give tea its flavor and character have time to concentrate in the leaf, giving the tea a deeper, more satisfying flavor and aroma.